Today's Devotion (Sunday)

Drop the Sin Luggage

PSALM 114:1-8

Key Verse:

"The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back. The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs" (Psalm 114:3,4).

Once, while a man lay in bed reading a book, the Lord decided to teach him some sobering lessons. Momentarily, sleep took over, his book and pen dropped off. About a minute or so later, he woke up to discover that the book and pen he firmly held had broken loose from his grip. It dawned on him that at death or end of a race, there would also be an inevitable finishing line. Every activity would cease. No secular race is endless. One would have to let go of whatever he would be holding or doing. So it is with the fixed seasons of time. A year begins and ends. It was the same with biblical Israel. There was a period of bondage that appeared to be endless. But it did end on an eminent note for liberated Israel as Psalm 114 recounts. The elements saw the children of Jacob marching away from an old order into a new one and gave way at the commandment of God. The mighty Red Sea broke into two walls and created a dry expressway. So did the River Jordan. The mountains on the land followed suit. They "skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs" (verse 4). They all trembled "at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob" (verse 7). As the Christian also transits from the old to the new year, everyone should let go of the past and be confident of marching forward in the power of the Lord. If the outgoing year was full of the stress of the reckless race for survival, it will be good to concentrate your thoughts on what the new year holds while not forgetting the crown of life that awaits successful pilgrims in heaven. So, let inconsistency of the past be replaced with abundant life of victory through the new year. Let us embrace the Lord as our lifetime Partner as did the children of Israel when they came out of slavery in Egypt. We shall be guaranteed the same glorious outing they had when they depended on God for guidance into a new era. If we did not make the outgoing year count for Christ, let us make a reverential commitment to enable each day count for Him all through the incoming year.

Thought for the day: Don’t take the burden of the past into the New Year.

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